State-Building in Russia: The Yeltsin Legacy and the Challenge of the Future

State-Building in Russia: The Yeltsin Legacy and the Challenge of the Future

State-Building in Russia: The Yeltsin Legacy and the Challenge of the Future

State-Building in Russia: The Yeltsin Legacy and the Challenge of the Future

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This book grew out of a conference organized to honor Professor Darrell P. Hammer on the occasion of his retirement after thirty-five years on the faculty at Indiana University. The contributors, all former graduate students of Professor Hammer, dedicate this book to his memory in thanks for the intellectual rigor, dedication to his students, and love of Russia that he shared with each of us. We will forever be indebted to him.

Many of the themes of this book, the process of state-building and the expansion of the capacities of the state, transition to democracy, the rise of Russian nationalism, the search for a new conceptualization of state-society relations, and the challenges in developing rule of law in Russia are reflected in Darrell's own scholarship.

In his path-breaking work on bureaucratic pluralism and oligarchy, Darrell drew attention to state capacity as a systemic characteristic, not as solely the function of the personality of the Soviet leader. USSR: The Politics of Oligarchy engaged the discussion of how diverse interests were aggregated and articulated through state-sponsored bureaucracies, modifying Jerry Hough's assertions about pluralism in the Soviet political system, by an artful melding of bureaucratic dynamics and Russian political culture. In the introductory chapter Gordon Smith builds on this approach to identify five capacities of states that constitute essential ingredients of state-building: decision making, integration, extraction, adjudication, and coercion. These capacities also intertwine throughout the various contributions to this volume.

In Chapter 2, Russell Bova explores how the process of democratization has resulted in a crisis for the Russian state. Bova sees enduring elements of Russia's authoritarian political culture coming to the fore under current crisis conditions. Bova's research builds on Darrell's work on Russian nationalism in which Darrell predicted that Gorbachev's reforms might encourage a resurgence of Russian nationalism and antidemocratic tendencies.

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